Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Miracles & Wonders: The future of healthcare is here

The future of healthcare.
All of the squabbling in Washington over Obamacare and Trumpcare is nothing but shuffling the chairs on the deck. It's all about how to redistribute money from those who have it to those who don't.

National medicine presumes a limited pie that must be carved up, and somebody doesn't get a piece.

The answer to all this foolishness is innovation. Consider the following story:
The original 1960s Star Trek series took place in a universe of the future with personal communicators, holograms, and the technology to send humans beyond our solar system. In many ways that future is here. We have smartphones, virtual reality, space travel — and now the tricorder. 
In the show, the tricorder was a handheld medical device that could scan a patient, read his or her vital signs, and diagnose problems in minutes. A working prototype invented by a Philadelphia-based emergency room physician Basil Harris is advanced enough to offer a medical diagnosis in minutes -- and anyone can use it.
Here's what this thing does.
DxtER looks like a medical kit with an orb-shaped digital stethoscope, an EKG sensor that sticks to your chest, a spirometer to measure lung function, and a finger probe that non-invasively measures glucose, white blood cell count, and other blood tests.

The device can diagnose a variety of problems including pneumonia, sleep apnea, diabetes, a UTI, and 30 other conditions. "It's really like a complete office visit in a 5-pound box," Harris says.
Here's why this is important to the delivery of healthcare.
"For those who have a hard time even getting into the hospital, being able to manage their care from their home is a profound improvement," Campany says. "Anything we can do to keep people healthy and not at the hospital translates into economic benefit, too." 
In rural areas where communities don't have access to healthcare facilities, devices like these could have a big impact on the quality of care available, Campany adds. "The opportunity is just completely transformational." 
Harris predicts people will soon use personal medical tricorder devices at home — and that tricorders will play a big role in the future of healthcare.
Harris wants to keep the cost of this at $200.

No comments:

Post a Comment